OBX Chamber supports SAGA Manteo project

By on April 26, 2021

(Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce)

On May 5, the Manteo Commissioners are expected to decide whether to approve a zoning text amendment that would pave the way for SAGA Construction to develop a 72-unit project by the CVS in Manteo that CEO Sumit Gupta has said will rent for under $1,000 if it is awarded important housing tax credits. The Manteo Planning and Zoning Board voted against permitting the SAGA project.

On Aug. 26, the Board of Directors of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce released this statement soliciting support for SAGA’s proposed development. Here are some key excerpts.

“The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce has stood up, supported, and worked toward trying to find solutions for the housing crisis in our area for many years. Supporting projects that are aimed at helping to add much-needed, long-term rental units to the inventory must be a priority. We must find a way to make these projects a reality and not continue to delay action.

If we cannot find solutions to the year-round and seasonal housing issues faced by our workforce, we will be unable to provide the level of service our visitors, guests, and residents enjoy year after year. We risk losing the economic base that has been built on people coming to our community – willing to spend their hard-earned dollars to enjoy the beauty, solitude and restfulness our area offers.

There is a project being proposed by one of our local developers, SAGA, on property they own located behind the CVS in Manteo. The project would include a 72-unit apartment complex; in order to be allowed to proceed with this project a text amendment is needed to make a change to the existing zoning.

If the text amendment is approved, the property would be developed into the proposed 72-unit housing project at market-rate rent giving the community an opportunity to provide much-needed housing. However, the property is also one of very few properties in Dare County that

qualifies for the 9% low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) program. If the application for the LIHTC is approved, SAGA will team up with the Taft–Mills Group who specializes in LIHTC projects — i.e. Wakefield Commons in Raleigh and Parkside Commons in Greenville.

These proposed units would be available under this program for our service and frontline workers who qualify based on being employed in Dare County. The rental rates would be $900 and under and to remain in the units, the employment qualification must be met. Under the LIHTC program, the units must remain as affordable, year-round rentals for a minimum of 30 years.

The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce is asking the business community to stand and support this text amendment change…Please consider sending a letter of support or public comment to the Manteo Town Commissioners on behalf of your employees who live in Manteo and Dare County as well as addressing the dire need for year-round rental units in our community.

The Manteo BOC will be meeting on May 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Manteo Town Hall to hear the text amendment request. If you are a Manteo business or an employee living in Manteo, you may also consider attending the meeting to speak in favor of this project.

Mail-in Comments or Emails may be sent to James Ayers, Town Manager – jayers@manteonc.gov,Town of Manteo, PO Box 246, Manteo, NC 27954





  • Edwin J Bollerup

    The Manteo town manager’s email address has been blocked. Bummer 😕

    Monday, Apr 26 @ 6:34 pm
  • sandflea

    The Manteo town manager in a 2018 survey by the Southern Shores Beacon found that they made $123,362. You would think that for that level of salary they could turn their email on.

    Tuesday, Apr 27 @ 8:05 am
  • Dethrol

    In the interest of honesty, the Manteo Town Manager’s email is not blocked. An email to him returns an out of office reply that says he’ll be out through May 3. Members of the Board of Commissioners have email addresses posted on the Manteo website and, as far as I can tell, all of these allow citizens to send email. There is a meeting on May 5 where concerned parties may be heard. Let’s try to work through these issues as a partnership between citizens, government, businesses, and developers, rather than stomp our feet and hold our breath like spoiled children.

    Tuesday, Apr 27 @ 11:16 am
  • NIMBY alive and well in Manteo

    Nothing surprising about this. All talk for years and years about affordable housing, but no action, especially if it’s anywhere near the indifferent entitled community, who continue to grow wealthy as slumlords keeping the poor folks down.

    Wednesday, Apr 28 @ 8:52 am
  • ChillCat

    @Dethrol: the condescending tone isn’t appreciated, but we duly note your desire to be considered a “grown up.”

    Manteo is a small town for such a large low-income housing project. How much is SAGA offering to expand infrastructure (roads, sewer, schools, etc) to accommodate the extra population? Is this a project that benefits the businesses and property owners of MANTEO? Will this project add or subtract from the unique charm of our town?

    Wednesday, Apr 28 @ 8:59 am
  • Say what?

    “Unique charm?” Oh, puhleeze…

    Wednesday, Apr 28 @ 4:37 pm
  • Dethrol

    Everybody screams and hollers about those mean old CEOs, Developers, and Nonresident Property Owners out for nothing but a buck. Power to the people, and all that rot…. And then, a non-governmental organization, in collaboration with local government, with the assistance of a major developer, trying to offset the cost to local taxpayers by using federal and state development funding and programs comes up with a potential solution. And all people can do is complain (dishonestly) about a damn email address and foist all the reasons why Manteo shouldn’t be “stuck” with such a project. How about go to the meeting and present your objections. But also be sure that the next time someone talks about equality and helping out the hardworking low wage earners in the area, you accept responsibility for your NIMBY attitude. That would be the grown up thing for you to do, after all.

    Wednesday, Apr 28 @ 7:20 pm
  • Bud

    SAGA Destruction

    Thursday, Apr 29 @ 6:13 am
  • sandflea

    Since the infrastructure that is in place here already can’t handle what is actually here now, I can’t think of a more brilliant idea than to put that much more additional stress to an already plastically deformed system. Just think, over 100 more vehicles on the roads and an additional driveway onto an already over crowded road, more kids in already overcrowded schools, more stress to the grocery stores, etc. Absolutely Brilliant!

    Thursday, Apr 29 @ 1:24 pm
  • Grandyguy

    Headline should read: “OBX Chamber supports SAGA”

    Thursday, Apr 29 @ 7:10 pm
  • Charlie

    Sure would bring the peninsula homes values down.

    Friday, Apr 30 @ 10:28 am
  • Duke02

    Coming out of Wanchese we can’t wait to see an apartment complex behind the CVS…NOT!! Had to go to the Jersey shore and myrtle beach a while back, what a mess! We all know the work shortage has hurt the summer business. But in order to keep this thing moving if this kind of resident’s is needed why not build them on the mainland. Manteo is already sooo crowded during the summer months, traffic is Bad enough, just what we need now more traffic.

    Friday, Apr 30 @ 1:51 pm
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